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Fitness tracker cheating is big business in China

At some Chinese universities, students have a fitness requirement, so that means fitness tracker cheating has become a lucrative business for a few enterprising entrepreneurs. Via Xue Yujie:

Among the most enthusiastic buyers are die-hard celebrity fans. Li Tao, a 23-year-old student from eastern China’s Shandong province, has been a fan of Chinese actress Dilraba Dilmurat since 2014. She bought a WeRun hack two weeks ago to support her idol. “If you support her, you try everything to make her more famous,” Li told Sixth Tone. “Making her my WeRun cover for a day is one of the tiniest things a fan can do.”

The gadgets have also found a following at universities, which often have fitness requirements for students. In April, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in southern China announced that it would require students to reach at least 10,000 steps per day on WeRun. Some students found the target too high — fueling more demand for WeRun hacks.

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